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A view of the tree-lined Mall

The Mall is the only deliberate straight line in Central Park's design, and among its most photographed spots. This quarter-mile promenade is flanked by towering American Elm trees and opens onto Bethesda Terrace at its north end, overlooking the Lake. The southern end features statues of famous writers, hence its nickname "Literary Walk."

Thomas Moore

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Thomas Moore

On the eastern edge of the Pond is the dignified bronze bust of Thomas Moore. Moore was hugely popular in his day as a Romantic poet, lyricist, musician, satirist, and biographer. He was considered the national bard of early 19th-century Ireland.

Victor Herbert

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Victor Herbert

This bronze portrait bust commemorates Victor Herbert, the Irish-American virtuoso cellist, conductor, and composer. A man of prodigious and varied musical talents, he is best known for his prolific composition of operettas and popular music. He served as bandmaster at the Naumberg Bandshell.

Waldo Hutchins Bench

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Waldo Hutchins Bench

Overlooking Conservatory Water, this curved, white granite bench is dramatic in its sheer size. It is dedicated to Waldo Hutchins, a member of Central Park's original Board of Commissioners, which oversaw the Park's design and construction.

William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was the first sculpture placed on the southern end of the Mall, which is also known as "Literary Walk." The statue, which pays tribute to the legendary writer, was donated by the citizens of New York in 1864 to honor the 300th anniversary of the Bard's birth.

William Tecumsah Sherman

Riding high above Grand Army Plaza, William Tecumseh Sherman depicts the Civil War general on the back of his horse, Ontario, led by the goddess, Victory. Immortalized in gold leafed-bronze and supported by a pink granite base, the celebrated soldier watches over one of Central Park's busiest entrances.

William Thomas Stead

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William Thomas Stead

The bronze bas-relief memorial plaque to William Thomas Stead is set into the Fifth Avenue perimeter wall near Engineer's Gate. It celebrates the British investigative journalist and editor who committed his paper to child welfare, workers' rights, social legislation, and reform of England's infamous criminal codes.